On this day
1968 | Marvin Gaye scored his first US No.1 single when ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’ started a five-week run at the top of the charts.
1969 | The Jackson Five made their first network television appearance in the US when they appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1979 | The Clash released their third studio album London Calling. The double album received widespread acclaim and was ranked at number eight on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003 and was ranked as the sixth-greatest album of the 1970s by NME.
1980 | Yoko Ono called on fans to observe ten minutes of silence in memory of John Lennon. 30,000 gathered outside St George’s Hall in Liverpool, while nearly 100,000 attend a memorial in New York’s Central Park.
1985 | Whitney Houston scored her first UK No.1 single with ‘Saving All My Love For You’.
1991 | Michael Jackson started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with his eighth studio album ‘Dangerous’.
2015 | Adele was at No.1 on both the UK and US chart with her third album 25.
Born on this day
1946 | Jane Birkin, English actress, singer, and songwriter who had the 1969 UK No.1 single with Serge Gainsbourg ‘Je t’aime…Moi non plus’, the only French language UK chart- topper. She is also known as being the namesake of the popular Hermès Birkin bag.
1949 | Cliff Williams, bass player for Australian rock band AC/DC.
1970 | Beth Orton, English singer-songwriter, known for her ‘folktronica’ sound, which mixes elements of folk and electronica.